News & Public Notices
Williamsville Fire Update
December 31, 2013 -
Update as of Dec. 31
Princess Street is once again open to through traffic at the fire site. The detours at Macdonnell and Victoria have been removed.
Update as of 10:00 a.m. Dec 22
The crane was successfully dismantled as of 6 p.m. last night.
Victoria St. is open to traffic.
Princess Street will remain closed between Macdonnell and Victoria.
The Memorial Centre parking will reopen later today.
Kingston Fire and Rescue continues their investigation at the scene.
Update as of 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20
The City is now focusing its efforts on addressing the needs of evacuees and helping with the safe removal of the crane at the site of the Williamsville fire. Residents are being asked to stay away from the area affected by the fire. Please note: businesses remain open on Princess Street outside the evacuation zone.
- Those who live in the evacuation/red zone cannot return to their homes until further notice. The red zone has not changed (see map).
- Red zone evacuees are encouraged to register with the City at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.
- Those seeking to locate loved ones can leave their contact information with the Red Cross 1-855-797-8875.
- The property owner's plan for the removal of the crane has been approved by the Ministry of Labour and put into motion.
- The equipment needed for this operation is now arriving.
- A marked section of the Memorial Centre parking lot has been closed so it may be used to store equipment needed for the crane's removal.
United Way will accept financial donations for a Fire Relief Fund. This fund will be used to help those affected by the fire and who may not be able to return to their homes in the immediate future. The City will work with the United Way to distribute the funds in January or February. The City will offer updates as available.
The United Way will accept cash, cheque, credit card, online or phone donations.
Cash and cheques (made out to United Way) can be dropped off in an envelope marked Fire Relief Fund at the United Way office, 417 Bagot St.
Any of the three Royal Bank of Canada branches in Kingston – Gardiners Road/Golden Mile Road, 65 Princess Street, Princess Street/Drayton Avenue.
- Online donations accepted at www.unitedwaykfla.ca (clicking on the Donate Now button; enter "Fire Relief Fund" in the comment section)
- Over the phone: donors can call the United Way office at 613-542-2674 (press 0) and make a donation during business hours. Please indicate that the donation is for the Fire Relief Fund.
Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. (Receipts for amounts less than $20 are available upon request.) Material items can be donated through the Salvation Army or other charitable organizations, but the City cannot guarantee these items will make it to those affected by the fire. The City is unable to accept food donations.
Material items can be donated through the Salvation Army or other charitable organizations. These organizations will direct these donations appropriately. The City is unable to accept food donations due to health regulations.
Updates will be issued as new information becomes available. Follow the City's Twitter feed @cityofkingston to receive notice of updates.
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116.